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Fresh start for Black Country Town as Minister opens new road scheme

A multi-million pound road scheme aimed at breathing new life into a Dudley town will be officially opened today (6th Nov 08).

New Transport Minister Paul Clark is opening Brierley Hill’s new Sustainable Access Network which aims to make it a cleaner, quieter and safer place to live, work and shop by taking traffic away from the town centre.

The £27 million project consists of the Parallel Route which enables through-traffic to bypass the town centre, and the Waterfront Way link which will move much of the remaining traffic to the north of the town.

Speaking at the opening of the new routes, Transport Minister Paul Clark said:

“Transport networks play a vital role in supporting economic prosperity in towns like Brierley Hill. That’s why the Government has contributed over £20 million to this important project. Its completion is excellent news for local residents and businesses.

“Not only will this transform Brierley Hill into a nicer place to live and work, it also paves the way for future regeneration of the town.”

The new scheme will improve key junctions, easing congestion on the High Street and Level Street. It will also provide improved pedestrian and cycling links, as well as making public transport more accessible.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Brierley Hill Sustainable Access Network has been built by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

2. The scheme was given initial Government funding approval in December 2003 and was granted Full Approval in December 2006 which allowed Dudley and their contractors to commence construction.

3. The total cost of the scheme is £27.42 million with the Department for Transport contributing £20.32 million.

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